New certificate combines aging and entrepreneurship

Beginning this fall, students who have earned an undergraduate degree can pursue Miami’s Social Entrepreneurship & Aging Graduate Certificate (SEA), a collaboration among the Department of Sociology and Gerontology, the Scripps Gerontology Center and the Farmer School of Business Institute for Entrepreneurship. The program teaches skills in gerontology and entrepreneurship with the goal of creating businesses and products that target the aging population. “How do we inspire entrepreneurs to help make a better life for an aging population? Because we have such a large number that are aging,” said Aaron Abbott, a faculty member in the Department of Sociology and Gerontology who has helped launch SEA. “When you look around within the U.S. or at least within the university systems in the U.S., you don’t see a lot of other programs that have blended this idea of social entrepreneurship and aging together.” The year-long certificate program consists of four courses: GTY 601 (New Frontiers in Aging), ESP 501 (Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Business Models), GTY 612 (Innovations and Trends in the Aging Marketplace) and ESP 590 (Launching an Entrepreneurial Venture). Each course is three credit hours and will be taught online through Canvas during a 10-week period. In the first gerontology course, students will learn about the basics of aging, such as the theory of aging, changes that occur when one ages and how policies like Medicare and Medicaid...

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